Couple charged in death of child

September 9, 2009 1:30:45 PM PDT
Cumberland County Sheriff's Detectives have charged a mother and her boyfriend with the death of the woman's 4-year-old child and the serious injury of her seven year old child. Sarah Eddington, 26, John Croom, 32 are charged with two counts each of felony child abuse inflecting serious injury.

Investigators say the pair placed the two children in the back of a Suzuki Samurai on a makeshift bench, without restraints. They drove the vehicle approximately two miles into a wooded area off Slocomb Road in Cumberland County on July 12, 2009. They had intended to four-wheel along an embankment when Croom lost control of the vehicle and it flipped backwards several times and ejected all of the passengers.

A four year old child was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of head injuries. Her sister, who is seven years old, suffered multiple injuries and was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for treatment. She has since recovered and is in the care of family members.

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